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Mar 8, 2023

Medical Examiner’s Office negotiating funding plan for new facility in Milton

At the District One Medical Examiner Services (DOMES) board’s meeting in December, legislative funding for a new facility was a big topic of concern. Dan Schebler, director of operations for DOMES, proposed taking the interlocal agreement the counties had put to the wayside and bringing it forward to Northwest Florida’s legislators with a $3 million buy-in from each county as had been discussed in July 2022. Over the past couple of months since that meeting, the DOMES board has met monthly to try and hammer out a plan for the upcoming legislative session, which is set to begin March 7. The legislative session is important as DOMES is looking for matching state funding for a proposed facility in Santa Rosa County.

Sep 19, 2022

Milton Police Dept. responds to backyard shooting

On Sept. 18, at approximately 6:50 p.m., Milton Police Department officers responded to a suspicious person complaint in the 5500 block of Dogwood Drive in Milton.

Police found a man lying on the ground who was shot by a homeowner after allegedly charging the man. The man who was shot is in critical condition at an area hospital.

Aug 3, 2022

Two new restaurants coming to Milton

Milton residents will soon have more restaurant options.

Branch Properties, an Atlanta based real estate investment and development firm, announced two restaurants have joined Merganser Commons at Dogwood Estates, a Publix Super Markets-anchored development in Milton.

Jul 28, 2022

Milton to rename football field for long-time volunteer ‘Coach Sam’

Alonzo Samuel has coached hundreds of young Milton athletes over the past 36 years, starting with his own children in 1985. Most folks just call him “Coach Sam.”

The City of Milton will show its appreciation Saturday by naming its youth football field in his honor. The day will start at 10 a.m. at the Clyde L. Gracey Community Center, 5629 Byrom Street, with a ceremony honoring the long-time volunteer, aircraft mechanic and pastor.

Jul 7, 2022

Council considers spending $100,000 to find U.S. 90 alternative

Should Milton spend $100,000 from reserve funds to find alternatives to widening Caroline Street through the city’s historic district?

The city council expected to debate that question at its July 12 regular meeting, too late for the Press Gazette’s deadline.

At its executive committee meeting July 5, the council voted 4-2 to approve a plan to convince the Florida-Alabama Transportation Planning Organization to change its project priorities. Councilmembers Robert Leek and Shannon Rice voted against Councilman Vernon Compton’s motion. Councilmen Matt Jarrett and Casey Powell were absent.

Jun 17, 2022

Body found in Jake’s Bayou identified as Louisiana man

Following several days of investigation, the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office gave an update on the case of the body found floating in Jake’s Bayou in Milton on June 14.

In a June 17 press conference held by the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Bob Johnson identified the body of a man found in Jake’s Bayou as that of Joshua James. He was identified through fingerprint analysis.

Jun 10, 2022

Santa Rosa County Animal Services “Cheaper Than Gas” adoption event

Santa Rosa County Animal Services (SRCAS) announced that they are hosting a special adoption event – “Cheaper Than Gas” – starting Friday, June 10 through Saturday, June 18.

All adoptions are only $4 and include spay or neuter, flea prevention, age appropriate vaccinations, initial dewormer, microchip, an adoption starter kit, coupons and more. For those interested in visiting the shelter for the adoption event, appointments are required.

Jun 7, 2022

Milton man charged with myriad offenses following traffic stop

A 29 year old Milton man was booked into jail on June 3 after investigators with the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office began looking into him following a traffic stop.

The man, Mark Anthony Frate, was stopped on June 3 after a sergeant with Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office noticed that Frate was driving down the road at four in the morning with a two year old in his lap. The two year old was unrestrained in the car.

Mar 1, 2022

Pelican Bayou Bridge repairs begin Wed., Mar. 2

Bridge repairs for Pelican Bayou Bridge on Ward Basin Road in East Milton will begin Wed., Mar. 2 and may last up to four weeks, depending on weather conditions.

Feb 24, 2022

BISSELL Pet Foundation announces “Empty the Shelters” Florida emergency adoption event

BISSELL Pet Foundation is hosting a statewide emergency relief “Empty the Shelters” adoption event from Feb. 24-28, 2022. This event is a collaborative effort to support Florida shelters by finding loving homes for pets and providing relief to shelters assisting Santa Rosa County Animal Services after an intake of more than 70 dogs from a large-scale neglect case.

BISSELL Pet Foundation will sponsor reduced adoption fees for $25 or less for cats and dogs. This emergency event will be hosted in more than 12 shelters throughout Florida. The Panhandle Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) Shelter is also participating.

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